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Sakura Gakuin: ★New Diary★ SG students’ diary 20150301 Moa Kikuchi

Title: My Hobby

Good Mornooning♥ It’s Moa. 🙂

When I read books, or when I study something, I sometimes stumble into an unknown word or find a meaning of a word uncertain. At the time, I used to ask my mom the meaning of the word. And then, my mom always tell me “Consult a dictionary!” So, in these days, I try to consult a dictionary or an electronic-dictionary. When I was younger, I had been yearning the 1st President of student council Ayami-chan who had carried an electronic-dictionary with her. And I got my electronic-dictionary as a gift when I entered junior-high school♪

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At first, I was very happy to have it and often consulted it. But at the time I turned 2nd grade, I came to scarcely consult it.
Nowadays, I strive to consult dictionaries and happened to know something new, or to notice my misunderstanding!
Well, Moa had been wondering how to say when I was asked “What is your hobby?”… What is a “Hobby”?!?!?!

I knew the vague meaning of “Hobby”. I understood it means something I love. But, there are so many things I love!? If I had to say everything I love, it would make very long list…
Can I say it my hobby to appriciate kawaiiness of girls? How about watching anime? eating? sleeping? playing a guitar? I also love to watch movies!!
What is the difference between “My hobby” and “What I’m into now”?
So, I consulted my dictionary for the meaning of “Hobby”.

《Hobby》
an activity pursued repeatedly and habitually for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.
a sentiment or artistic charm of something.

【Moa is consulting Japanese dictionary for the meaning of “趣味Shumi”. The word “Shumi” itself is almost always converted into “Hobby”. But “Shumi” and “Hobby” are not the same word. In some context, “Shumi” will be translated into “Taste” or something】

When I am asked “What is your hobby?”, the meaning of that hobby should be #1. So, “My hobby” can’t be my occupation…then, can’t I say “My hobby is to work!!”?
Repeatedly or habitually? Hmmm… I love to watch movies but I don’t watch them so often. Also, I can’t play ‘Suku-Fesu’【game ‘LoveLIVE! School Idol Festival’】everyday. ‘Something pursued habitually’…..is hard to think out!

Moa Kikuchi

OKay, ‘what I’m doing repeatedly and habitually for pleasure’ are…
・To eat ・To listen to music ・to brush my teeth That’s all.
Oh!! besides, I look at girl-figures(dolls) everyday. I never miss to do it♫ Having delicious food make me happy. Music is always with me and give me power! I brush my teeth at least 4 times a day, for a long stretch of time!

When I was a child, I was into animal-dolls named ‘Sylvanian Families’ and I used to play with them.【official catalogue[2] 】I also loved Licca-chan dolls. As I grew older, my belongings piled up in my room, and I had to let them go with a few exceptions…

Because of LoveLive booming in me, I ended up being into girl-figures again! Getting some figures as a present made me fired up! Small figures are super kawaii in their small stature!! ♥♥
And bigger ones…..I hold them and enjoy low-angle views, or appriciate their detail from several angles. Sometimes I have fun letting them move, turning around or looking back…♥ My parents look at me playing and give a sigh “Oh, dear! What are you doing?” 😀
Fukei-sans, do you have any strange hobbies?!?!?!

Source: http://ameblo.jp/, Sakura Gakuin on Reddit

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Sakura Gakuin Set to Release New Album in March

Sakura Gakuin’s newest single is hitting stores on March 4th and loyal fans are in for a treat.

The Road to Graduation 2014

The Single, titled Aogeba Toutoshi ~from Sakura Gakuin 2014~, is set to hit stores mext months and will be packaged exclusively as a DVD single. The song, a fairly standard graduation pop song in sync with the school calendar, was produced by RIZE’s bassist KenKen. The girls are also set to release their 5th album Sakura Gakuin 2014-nendo ~Kimi ni Todoke~ only a few weeks after their DVD release on March 25th.

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Sakura Gakuin [さくら学院], a Japanese idol girl group formed in 2010 by the Amuse talent agency, like many pop idol groups employ a rotating roster. The group hook, which has already seen 9 girls leave the group since inception, employ a system wherein members who graduate Junior High School will depart the group in the same year. This year the rule will apply to members Hana Taguchi, Yunana Notsu, Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi the latter of which are members of BabyMetal. The lead singer of Babymetal Suzuka Nakamoto had already graduated the group in 2013.

Graduating members of Sakura Gakuin will depart the group on March 29th during a concert on March 29th.

The band RIZE!

You can pick up Aogeba Toutoshi ~from Sakura Gakuin 2014~ in Type A or Type B formats and the Sakura Gakuin 2014-nendo ~Kimi ni Todoke~ album in Sa Ban Limited Edition with DVD, Ku Ban Limited Edition with DVD, Ra Ban Limited Edition with Blu-Ray, or Standard Edition from CDJapan today!

Sakura Gakuin 2014nendo – Kimi ni Todoke
Album release from Sakura Gakuin, a girls idol unit consisting of 10 members, including Moa Kikuchi (MOAMETAL) and Yui Mizuno (YUIMETAL) who are members of BABYMETAL. Includes “Heart no Chokyu” produced by Tommy february6 & Shunsaku Okuda, “Aogeba Totoshi,” and more.

Track listing from CD Japan
1
MEZASE SUPERLADY -2014-
目指せ!スーパーレディ -2014年度-
2
ANIMARHYTHM
アニマリズム
3
HEART NO HOSHI
ハートの地球
4
SPIN IN THE WIND
Spin in the Wind
5
TENSHI TO AKUMA
天使と悪魔
6
HIRARI KIRAKIRA YAMIYAMI MUSEUM
ヒラリ!キラキラ☆ヤミヤミミュージアム
7
PIEACE DE CHECK !
ピース de Check !
8
TAKARAMONO
宝物
9
GOKIGEN MR TOROPIKALORY
ご機嫌!Mr. トロピカロリー
10
AOGEBATOUTOSHI -FROM SAKURA GAKUIN 2014-
仰げば尊し ~ from さくら学院 2014 ~
11
SAYONARA NAMIDA
さよなら、涙。
12
KIMINI TODOKE
君に届け
Tenshi to Akuma upgraded from a B side to an album track?, and maybe I’m blind but I don’t see the wrestling club song (maybe spin in the wind?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fif9XOkpb10

Aogeba Totoshi – From Sakura Gakuin 2014

Sakura Gakuin brings a DVD single. This edition includes a bonus DVD with music video(s) and making-of (1) (subject to change). *A music video for “Aogeba Totoshi” included in this DVD single is different from the one included in a bonus Blu-ray in the limited edition (Ra Edition) of their album released in March 2015.


CONTENT:
1. “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video
2. “Aogeba Toutoshi The Song” + Making of “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video


CONTENT:
1. “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video
2. Making Of “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video

Source: http://nihongogo.com/

Sakura Gakuin Set to Release New Album in March

Sakura Gakuin’s newest single is hitting stores on March 4th and loyal fans are in for a treat.

The Road to Graduation 2014

The Single, titled Aogeba Toutoshi ~from Sakura Gakuin 2014~, is set to hit stores mext months and will be packaged exclusively as a DVD single. The song, a fairly standard graduation pop song in sync with the school calendar, was produced by RIZE’s bassist KenKen. The girls are also set to release their 5th album Sakura Gakuin 2014-nendo ~Kimi ni Todoke~ only a few weeks after their DVD release on March 25th.

top_photo_20150116

Sakura Gakuin [さくら学院], a Japanese idol girl group formed in 2010 by the Amuse talent agency, like many pop idol groups employ a rotating roster. The group hook, which has already seen 9 girls leave the group since inception, employ a system wherein members who graduate Junior High School will depart the group in the same year. This year the rule will apply to members Hana Taguchi, Yunana Notsu, Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi the latter of which are members of BabyMetal. The lead singer of Babymetal Suzuka Nakamoto had already graduated the group in 2013.

Graduating members of Sakura Gakuin will depart the group on March 29th during a concert on March 29th.

The band RIZE!

You can pick up Aogeba Toutoshi ~from Sakura Gakuin 2014~ in Type A or Type B formats and the Sakura Gakuin 2014-nendo ~Kimi ni Todoke~ album in Sa Ban Limited Edition with DVD, Ku Ban Limited Edition with DVD, Ra Ban Limited Edition with Blu-Ray, or Standard Edition from CDJapan today!

Sakura Gakuin 2014nendo – Kimi ni Todoke
Album release from Sakura Gakuin, a girls idol unit consisting of 10 members, including Moa Kikuchi (MOAMETAL) and Yui Mizuno (YUIMETAL) who are members of BABYMETAL. Includes “Heart no Chokyu” produced by Tommy february6 & Shunsaku Okuda, “Aogeba Totoshi,” and more.

Track listing from CD Japan
1
MEZASE SUPERLADY -2014-
目指せ!スーパーレディ -2014年度-
2
ANIMARHYTHM
アニマリズム
3
HEART NO HOSHI
ハートの地球
4
SPIN IN THE WIND
Spin in the Wind
5
TENSHI TO AKUMA
天使と悪魔
6
HIRARI KIRAKIRA YAMIYAMI MUSEUM
ヒラリ!キラキラ☆ヤミヤミミュージアム
7
PIEACE DE CHECK !
ピース de Check !
8
TAKARAMONO
宝物
9
GOKIGEN MR TOROPIKALORY
ご機嫌!Mr. トロピカロリー
10
AOGEBATOUTOSHI -FROM SAKURA GAKUIN 2014-
仰げば尊し ~ from さくら学院 2014 ~
11
SAYONARA NAMIDA
さよなら、涙。
12
KIMINI TODOKE
君に届け
Tenshi to Akuma upgraded from a B side to an album track?, and maybe I’m blind but I don’t see the wrestling club song (maybe spin in the wind?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fif9XOkpb10

Aogeba Totoshi – From Sakura Gakuin 2014

Sakura Gakuin brings a DVD single. This edition includes a bonus DVD with music video(s) and making-of (1) (subject to change). *A music video for “Aogeba Totoshi” included in this DVD single is different from the one included in a bonus Blu-ray in the limited edition (Ra Edition) of their album released in March 2015.

CONTENT:
1. “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video
2. “Aogeba Toutoshi The Song” + Making of “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video

CONTENT:
1. “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video
2. Making Of “Aogeba Toutoshi from Sakura Gakuin 2014” Music Video

Source: http://nihongogo.com/

Sakura Gakuin students’ diary 20150217 Moa Kikuchi

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Title: JaJaJah〜n! 【=Ta-dah!】

Good mornooning❤ It’s Moa.
This year’s our first show “The Road to Graduation 2014 〜Happy Valentine〜” ended. Thank you very much for coming!!
I know there are many people who wanted to come but unfortunately couldn’t…..we always play each one of shows imagining every Fukei-sans were with us. Our days in 2014nendo are numbered and I hope we can make our hearts into one in the remaining days!

There was a merch of the concert “Turning into a club-member” photo-set. At the shooting of th photo-set, we Sakura members were all hyped. Because…..oh, can’t you see the reason?? It’s too apparent! We could wear the club-costume which we usually can’t wear, and we could play a role of a club-member we don’t belong to♪♫

We didn’t know who plays which club member untill the morning of the shooting. We knew it seeing a script when we enterd the shooting studio. We could play our role in all seriousness and it was so fun♥❤

Moa played not only a club member but also…Mori-sensei!
Fukei-sans, did you guess correctly who played Mori-sensei’s role? 【On the official Sakura Gakuin web site, the sample photo of the merch was pixelized and we couldn’t see who played which role untill the day of the concert】

For those who have not seen the photo-set, I show you my personal snapshot!!!!!!

It’s not MOri-sensei, But MOa-sensei!! 😀
Hehehe❤ Looks like him? 😀
Sakura members praised me saying ‘A dead ringer!!’♫
Cherish students the most☆ It was Moa.

Source: Reddit

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What happened to Moa Kikuchi? (Babymetal in Montreal)

What happened to Moa Kikuchi (MoaMetal) during the show in Montreal was prove of her professionalism.

It was just a little detail, but enough to see the artistic quality these girls have.

Sakura Gakuin students’ diary 20150213 Moa Kikuchi

Title: Hairstyle

❤Ufufu…♥❤It’s Moa…ufufu♥❤….ufufufufu♥❤♥ 【onomatopoeia for giggling. hehehe?】

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I had a happy moment…but I suspect I can announce it now. So, for now, I just tell you it was so fun. lol
Let me see…..How many more times can I write this diary?!

I have a lot to tell you. But I think I can’t write everything till my graduation. The more I write, the more I want to tell you, I want to send you, I want to let you know.
I don’t know how many more times I can write this diary, but I want to send as far as I can. Please bear with me❤
Please look this photo.
How do you think about her??

When a hairstylist set my hair in this style, I thought “Wow! Now I look like Airi-chan♥” 【Suzuki Airi of C-ute】
I’m sorry for it, to fans of Airi-chan.

But…in this hairstyle, I thought I look alike Airi-chan a little, and it made me happy♥ Please forgive me for enjoying this small happiness!
To be honest, I would like to show you Moa in this hairstyle at a stage of Sakura Gakuin. But, our hairstyles are basically decided by our teachers for us!! We dance wildly at the stage and our hairstyle must be easy to dance with. But, I think this hairstyle is not bad for dancing. Dear teachers, please put it into one of possible hairstyles of me for a concert.
I hope it will come true till my graduation.

Girls want to have their hair in cute, their favorite styles!! Female Fukei-sans can understand my feeling, can’t you? I just love cute things. I love being cute♥♥
I watched a TV commercial of ‘XY’ in which Hirose Suzu-chan (the following poster girl of XY after Matsui Airi-chan) is crying. Crying Suzu-chan made my eyes ♥heart-shaped♥. Too cute! After all, I just feel happy to see her kawaii-ness!

【XY is a wedding-information magazine. The crying-Suzu CM [2] 】
I also love to see Hirose Suzu-chan on drama ‘Gakkou no Kaidan’【Stairs of a school】every week♥
I usually can’t watch the programs in real time. But I never miss to record and watch them♪
As the same president of student council,【Hirose Suzu play an act of the president of student council on the drama】, I watch the drama thinking ‘If I were her”–how I can persuade teachers or other students to do something, how I can climb a step to improve our school. ….And how I can send what I want to send in the last two months. I will try my best!!
Someone may think Moa being so naive that dramas or animes made me move deeply. BUT! The cute things are cute♥ Having fun is fun!!! I love to see my loving things♥ My favorite things give me power!!

I can’t dislike such naive, pure and simple me. I want to be such Moa forever♥ For sure, I also love merry, funny things!!! I want to show you many kind of expressions of me♪♫
Drive yourself forward without fear, Moa!!!

P.S. I also love to eat, as always. I will eat without fear. lol

★New Diary★ SG students' diary 20150213 Moa

Source: Sakura Gakuin on Reddit, http://ameblo.jp/sakuragakuin/day-20150213.html

Yui and Moa Souji speech 2014 with English subtitles

Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno deliver the Souji, or sending off the graduates speech to the 4 Senpai in 2014.

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This is a beautiful moment in the Sakura Gakuin history that every Fukei or fan of Babymetal should imprint on their minds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFJh3Y16-is

Sakura Gakuin at LoGirl complete webcast

Here is the complete video webcast of LoGirl さくら学院 with Sakura Gakuin as guest, the show was webcasted the 2015-01-19.

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水野由結 Yui Mizuno(YUIMETAL)
菊地最愛 Moa Kikuchi(MOAMETAL)
田口華 Hana Taguchi
野津友那乃 Yunano Notsu
磯野莉音 Rinon Isono

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUumAR_yZo

Tower Record President, Minewaki Ikuo speaks passionately about Kikuchi Moa

The President of Tower Records, Minewaki Ikuo-san speaks passionately about Sakura Gakuin’s Kikuchi Moa-chan once again! (Complete article/First section- calling a storm)

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Ikuo Minewaki

An article that we ran on this site in the early days of 2014 created quite a stir amongst not only ordinary viewers but also ardent fans, “Tower Records president, Minewaki Ikuo-san speaks about Kikuchi Moa-chan for 90 minutes!”. This theme comes back and it is powered up.

Our media coverage team visited the head office of Tower Records to cover the “The Idol Award 2014-Minewaki-Shachou determines the best of Kikuchi Moa award” which is reported in our 2015, February edition of “Monthly Entertainment”. The one we were waiting patiently for was the response from Minewaki-shachou who was waiting for us prepared to the teeth to deal with our coverage.

This year as well, the president’s passionate talk exceeded the time allotted for our media coverage. But, that is OK, We will present the whole version of his talk. So, Mr. President please talk to your heart’s content.

Q: Before we get into the main topic and looking back over last year, how do you feel Kikuchi Moa-chan has grown over the year?

Minewaki- After becoming the student council president she kind of stepped back a bit. Before she took on that position she was the type that liked to go to the front and lead everyone. But, this year, Moa-chan held herself in reserve in live performances and in SG classroom’s as well, and she often lead other members into the more visible positions. The current 3rd year team is very kind and they allow the younger members to perform freely as they want. This is due to the techniques employed by Moa-chan that creates such an atmosphere and that creates an environment that allows them to all carry out activities that they wish to perform. She has taken on a sense of responsibility and has grown immensely.

Q: She is still only 15 though. (laughs)

Minewaki- I think that Moa-chan is at her end as the student council president as she did the most she could do going to the places she needed to go to, but with her overseas excursions with Babymetal she could not carry out completely every task she had been assigned with. Also she could not be present for the Fan club limited performance. She missed about 1 out of every 2 public performances. I was unable to watch the Haiku public class as regrettably I had to attend the Oosaka T-Palette thanksgiving festival that day. At the public classes Moa-chan also did not try to stand out and helped others to carry out their performances.

Q: That ability to create such an atmosphere is also a great thing.

Minewaki- And now in 2015 the real “The Road to Graduation” begins.

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Q: Are you ready mentally?

Minewaki- I wonder how 2015 will progress…. I still don’t have a firm grasp on how this year is going, but this spring Berryz Koubou will take an indefinite break and Moa-chan will graduate. With these “2 big things that I love” dropping away I feel a bit empty. Of course even after she graduates Moa-chan will continue to support Sakura Gakuin. And Babymetal is scheduled to perform at the Rock festival “Rock on the the Range 2015” in Ohio in May.

Q: In 2014 Babymetal performed on March 1st and 2nd at the Nippon BudouKan.

Minewaki- I went to both day’s performances. I was really surprised on the first day when Yui-chan (Mizuno) fell off the stage. And then in “IDZ” Moa-chan fell down. “Live performances are the best!” but I get so worried about those two. After the first day’s performance I went to eat with my wife, and we were talking excitedly saying, “Will Yui-chan be able to perform tomorrow?” and “Do you think she injured her leg?”. I am so happy that she was not seriously injured.

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Q: Let’s get in to the main topic. Let’s start with the 5th place entry.

Minewaki- I was thinking about this until 2 O’clock yesterday.

Q: Thank you for staying up so late for us.

Minewaki- 5th place is Moa-chan’s February 15th diary.

http://ameblo.jp/sakuragakuin/entry-11772092273.html

Minewaki- On this day there was a Sakura Gakuin live performance at EX Theater Roppongi, and it was the date of Moa-chan’s 100th diary entry. In it she wrote 100 items about herself and it being February and the fans are cold waiting in line to buy merchandise so she wrote this diary entry so the fans would not have too much free time on their hands. And so the title was, “Please read this as you wait”. This is truly an exceptional demonstration of caring for her fans. In the first column where her name is introduced she puts a circle around “Chi-地-land” so it will not be mistaken for “Ike-池-pond” in the Kikuchi part of her name. In the 3rd column she has a picture showing her height with it written as 157 cm. In column 4 she says, “when I entered SG my weight was equal to 2 koalas but now it is that of 4. In other areas of the diary she says she is an only child, that she wants to become “Super Moa-chan” and that she love anime. I think writing 100 items was quite a chore.

Moa Kikuchi aka MoaMetal

Moa Kikuchi aka MoaMetal

Q: Just thinking about writing so many items is quite an exhausting chore.

Minewaki- As I said last year, you can really see that she thinks about her readers when she writes her diary. And moreover, this was written specifically for fans who were waiting. The contents are quite detailed so reading it is quite a task as well. This really shows us Moa-chan’s character, she really has her stuff together. Hey! Look here! She has two less bottom teeth than ordinary people!

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Q: Shachou, please settle down (laughs)

Minewaki- Sorry. But, when you read this you can understand that she has a small jaw because she is short 2 lower teeth. It is because she writes things that you would ordinarily not be able to understand at all that her fans are so pleased with her diaries. And following this diary entry we had planned with “Monthly Entertaiment” to do a “100 questions for Moa-chan (2014 August), right? When you read this together with that it is fantastic!

Q: Those questions were thought up by several adult writers and they apparently had quite a hard time coming up with 100 questions.

Minewaki- If you read both of these even if you are just getting interested in Moametal, you will be able to understand Moa-chan very well.

Q: Thank you for slipping in a bit of advertising for us.

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Q: So what is 4th?

Minewaki- Moa-chan and Yui-chan were not present at the 2014 TIF, right?

Q: Yes, they couldn’t attend because they were touring as Babymetal with Lady Gaga on her live tour.

Minewaki- However, they appeared on the screen for “Yume ni Mukatte”. And so, Yui/Moa who were not expected to be in attendance seemed to be singing together with the other members.

Q: Their sense of presence increased even though they were not there.

Minewaki- True, their sense of presence stood out due to not actually being there. It was that sort of stage. I felt like I was standing in the presence of a truly great people. (laughs)

Q: What great people do you mean (laughs).

Minewaki- The Moa-chan in my brain was supremely cute when they synchronized with the other members! I thought how can she be so cute even though it is 2-dimensional. I burned the 2-dimension Moa-chan into my brain, and in front of all of us were the 8 actual members plus the 2 graduates of Iida Raura-chan and Horiuchi Marina-chan acting as assistants performing “Yume ni Mukatte”. And without doubt Yui/Moa were there as well.

In the July 30th diary entry of Moa-chan, she wrote that she was “not present at TIF”.

Minewaki- This was where Moa-chan debuted so the TIF events are of great importance to her. Every year, the members of TIF get into fights amongst themselves and then they reform into new units. For Sakura Gakuin it is kind of like a ritual that the members must pass through. It is interesting to think that they could not attend because they were opening for Lady Gaga.

Q: And a 15 year old girl feels bad about that (laughs)

Minewaki- Speaking of Lady Gaga, you know she is a global pop icon (laughs). In this diary entry she writes passionately about her feelings for TIF, and there are pair photographs with everyone in the end of it. I think this is one of her great entries. Any Fukei who reads this and then gets angry that “Yui/Moa are not present at TIF” is not a real Fukei!

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Q: Yes, like, “Don’t say such an absurd thing” (laughs)

Minewaki- Even though they are not there you can see them (laughs). And remember, more than anything else, the student council president is saying, “Even if we are apart our hearts are one”. Of course since we have to support them the same as the previous year, the 2014 TIF was a Sakura composition. The performances by Sakura Gakuin were a bit less than usual but I was able to able to watch each stage that the members performed on.

Q: But of all those “Yume ni Mukatte” was the best.

Minewaki- Yes, I was so excited. It goes without saying that Idols are cute, that is a given, but in my thinking the songs also have to be good. This song was a trigger to change that way of thinking for me. “Kawaii” can at times surpass the song.

Q: So, you were reverted back to the basics of liking Idols, right?

Minewaki- Composers can be broken easily! For a long time I also used to say, “I can’t like a performance if the song is no good”. Sorry for thinking like that. There is no need for me to make excuses!

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Q: So what is 4th?

Minewaki- Moa-chan and Yui-chan were not present at the 2014 TIF, right?

Q: Yes, they couldn’t attend because they were touring as Babymetal with Lady Gaga on her live tour.

Minewaki- However, they appeared on the screen for “Yume ni Mukatte”. And so, Yui/Moa who were not expected to be in attendance seemed to be singing together with the other members.

Q: Their sense of presence increased even though they were not there.

Minewaki- True, their sense of presence stood out due to not actually being there. It was that sort of stage. I felt like I was standing in the presence of a truly great people. (laughs)

Q: What great people do you mean (laughs).

Minewaki- The Moa-chan in my brain was supremely cute when they synchronized with the other members! I thought how can she be so cute even though it is 2-dimensional. I burned the 2-dimension Moa-chan into my brain, and in front of all of us were the 8 actual members plus the 2 graduates of Iida Raura-chan and Horiuchi Marina-chan acting as assistants performing “Yume ni Mukatte”. And without doubt Yui/Moa were there as well.
In the July 30th diary entry of Moa-chan, she wrote that she was “not present at TIF”.

Minewaki- This was where Moa-chan debuted so the TIF events are of great importance to her. Every year, the members of TIF get into fights amongst themselves and then they reform into new units. For Sakura Gakuin it is kind of like a ritual that the members must pass through. It is interesting to think that they could not attend because they were opening for Lady Gaga.

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Q: And a 15 year old girl feels bad about that (laughs)

Minewaki- Speaking of Lady Gaga, you know she is a global pop icon (laughs). In this diary entry she writes passionately about her feelings for TIF, and there are pair photographs with everyone in the end of it. I think this is one of her great entries. Any Fukei who reads this and then gets angry that “Yui/Moa are not present at TIF” is not a real Fukei!

Q: Yes, like, “Don’t say such an absurd thing” (laughs)

Minewaki- Even though they are not there you can see them (laughs). And remember, more than anything else, the student council president is saying, “Even if we are apart our hearts are one”. Of course since we have to support them the same as the previous year, the 2014 TIF was a Sakura composition. The performances by Sakura Gakuin were a bit less than usual but I was able to able to watch each stage that the members performed on.

Q: But of all those “Yume ni Mukatte” was the best.

Minewaki- Yes, I was so excited. It goes without saying that Idols are cute, that is a given, but in my thinking the songs also have to be good. This song was a trigger to change that way of thinking for me. “Kawaii” can at times surpass the song.

Q: So, you were reverted back to the basics of liking Idols, right?

Minewaki- Composers can be broken easily! For a long time I also used to say, “I can’t like a performance if the song is no good”. Sorry for thinking like that. There is no need for me to make excuses!

Source: http://www.entamenext.com/news/detail/id=1256

Sakura Gakuin: Yui, Moa and Rinon on Hot wave TV Show

Yui Mizuno, Moa Kikuchi and Rinon Isono from Sakura Gakuin on Hot wave Oct. 22, 2014 with English subs

A lively and enjoyable interview with 3 Sakura Gakuin members on the date of the release of “Heart no Hoshi”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lX0b9H6Lxs

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